Spend a Weekend Relaxing in Newcastle


Just a few hours north of Sydney, Newcastle, NSW’s second largest city, ticks a lot of holiday boxes offering that perfect combination of beachy vibes, cultural cool and creative buzz. The city has a renovated airport, glitzy new places to stay, and an excellent choice of unique hamlets to eat, drink and shop, an it makes an idyllic weekender you’ll be reminiscing about for months Whether you’re on a family adventure or couple’s retreat, grab your bags, pack a swimsuit and get your holiday glow on with these things to do in ‘Newy’.

Immerse in Newcastle’s Waters

Merewether Ocean Baths: Experience the grandeur of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest ocean pool. A perfect place for swimmers and sunbathers alike.

Ocean Pools & Coastline: Newcastle is blessed with pristine beaches and protected ocean pools. Dive into the Bogey Hole, hand-hewn by convicts in 1819, and revel in the historic ambiance of this unique swimming spot.

Newcastle Ocean Baths: Adjacent to these baths, visitors can appreciate a heritage-listed Art Deco pavilion and enjoy family moments at the Canoe Pool.

A Gastronomic Journey in Newcastle

Cakeboi’s Delight: Indulge your sweet tooth at Cakeboi, the brainchild of former MasterChef Reece Hignell. Relish the constantly evolving menu of desserts that tantalizes the taste buds.

Flotilla: Located in the emerging Wickham area, it showcases Australian produce with an artful twist.

 Rustica: Enjoy fresh ingredients and dishes inspired by both local and Mediterranean flavors.

Ginger Megs: Dive into the lively flavors of Southeast Asia in the heart of Newcastle.

Celebrate Newcastle’s Cultural Heartbeat

Newcastle Gallery. Credit Destination NSW

Newcastle’s Civic Theatre: Step into the majestic baroque interiors of this heritage icon. Since 1929, it has been the epicenter of live music, comedy, dance, and theatrical performances.

Newcastle Art Gallery: A two-floor extravaganza of curated modern art, featuring pieces by renowned artists.

Delve into Newcastle’s history while appreciating contemporary art at The Lock-Up, once a police station. Also, explore gems like Cooks Hill Gallery and CStudios.

Newcastle Museum: Travel back in time at this museum, offering both historical insights and hands-on scientific interactions at the Supernova Science Centre.

Embrace Nature’s Bounty

Walking in Nature: Traverse the Carrington Mangrove Boardwalk to be surrounded by lush greenery and reach a viewing platform over Throsby Creek.

Glenrock State Conservation Area: A mere 15-minute journey from the beach leads to this nature’s paradise. Whether it’s hiking through rainforests or biking amidst wildflowers, this conservation area promises adventure.

ANZAC Memorial Walk: A clifftop journey that offers panoramic views of the coast and links to the striking Strzelecki Lookout.

Experience Wildlife and Adventure

Marine Encounters: Embark on exhilarating tours to witness dolphins or whales. Or get a closer look at misunderstood sea creatures at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters.

Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary: An immersive experience to connect with rescued koalas in their natural habitat.

Shop & Stay with a Difference

Unique Souvenirs: Elevate your souvenir game at Earp Distilling Co. with Newcastle-made gin or discover Scandinavian treasures at Pappa Sven.

Crystalbrook Kingsley: Revel in luxury at this five-star hotel in Newcastle, offering state-of-the-art amenities and a focus on sustainability.

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